Storm-affected locals of Bharatpur block roads for water and power
Three days after a powerful dust storm and thundershowers left a trail of destruction, damaging the electric poles and transformers and plunging several areas into darkness, the locals in Bharatpur, one of the worst affected districts, took to streets demanding that power and water supply be restored immediately.
Hundreds of residents of Surajpol colony blocked the road at Surajpol intersection with burning tyres. They raised slogans against the district administration for failing to restore the power and water supply that was snapped in the storm Wednesday evening.
The storm that lashed parts of Rajasthan left more than 30 people dead and hundreds other injured. It also cause massive damage to property.
Police teams led by circle officer Abaddan Ratnu reached the spot and assured the protestors that water and power supply would be restored soon, following which they withdrew the demonstration.
Navin Saini, a resident of Surajpol colony, said people are facing difficulties due to lack of water and power. “We requested power department officials to restore power but in vain. Locals decided to take to roads to protest after no government official heard us,” he said.
Another local, Dulari Devi, alleged that the electricity department has restored the power supply in some select “posh areas” while the colonies where poor people live continue to remain in dark.
Another resident, Aniruddh Saini said children, women, and elderly were unable to sleep at night in hot weather and people did not even have water to drink or take bath.
Meanwhile, district collector Sandesh Nayak chaired a meeting of the power department officials and issued instructions to restore power supply in all areas as early as possible.